MUNICH, Germany Nokia Corp. has filed a complaint against Qualcomm in a Delaware state court seeking a court order to compel Qualcomm to adhere to international standards for licensing intellectual property essential to GSM and UMTS technology specs.
Nokia is also seeking a court order affirming that Qualcomm is not entitled to injunctive relief for alleged infringement of patents declared essential to the standards.
Nokia's move is in apparent reaction to Qualcomm's filing several separate legal actions against Nokia in U.S. federal court, a U.K. court and the U.S. International Trade Commission. The ITC complaint requested injunctions against Nokia. Qualcomm accused Nokia of using unfair trade practices by importing and selling wireless communications devices that allegedly infringe Qualcomm's patents.
Nokia's action is intended as a defensive measure to ensure a consolidated forum for addressing IP issues. It is also asking the courts to enforce Qualcomm's obligation to negotiate royalties on fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory terms.
Nokia wants the courts to affirm key elements of the standard legal access terms. Its goal is to solidify a framework for future IP licensing negotiations.
The legal gambit follows a similiar dispute resolution process before the European Telecommunications Standardization Institute, Nokia said.